Combination device of umbrella and golf ball retriever Patent #: 4733681
ApplicationNo. 852165 filed on 04/03/1992
US Classes:135/88.05, Automobile135/16, Combined135/21, Suspended224/482, Carrier attached to window or window frame248/214, On horizontal rod or bar248/231.31, By cam or wedge248/535Having selective mounting or receiving means
ExaminersPrimary: Friedman, Carl D.
Assistant: Mai, Lanna
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassE04H 015/06
Foreign Application Priority Data1989-09-01 GB
DescriptionThis invention relates to a sun shade for mounting to a parked vehicle to provide shade from the sun.
In accordance with this invention, there is provided a vehicle sun shade comprising a mounting bracket for fitting to the top edge of a window of the vehicle, and a shade for mounting to the bracket.
Preferably the bracket clips over the top edge of an opened window and is secured in position by winding the window up to trap the bracket between the top edge of the window and the window frame. Preferably the shade has a supporting stem which is engageable with the bracket and preferably the bracket includes a clamp for securing the supporting stem of the shade in position on the bracket. Preferably the clamp is adjustable to select the angle of the supporting stem.
Preferably the sunshade has a canopy that can be folded down against the support stem when not in use. Preferably guy lines are provided for optionally attaching to the edge of the shade.
An embodiment of this invention will now be described by way of example only and with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a schematic view of a sun shade mounted to a vehicle;
FIG. 2 is a view of the mounting bracket of the assembly;
FIG. 3 is a view of the components of the bracket;
FIG. 4 is a schematic view of the sun shade mounted to a vehicle and provided with guy lines which may be used if desired for additional resistance against the wind;
FIG. 5 is a schematic view, of the sun shade, or canopy, of FIG. 1 mountable to a vehicle in a folded down position.
Referring to FIG. 1, there is shown a sun shade assembly for a car or other vehicle, comprising a bracket 10 for mounting over the top edge of a window of the vehicle and a sun shade 20 having a stem 22 for securing to the bracket. The sun shade 20 is in the form of an umbrella, and has a canopy 23 which can be folded down against the support stem 22 when not in use, as illustrated in FIG. 5, and extended as shown when required for use.
Referring to FIGS. 2 and 3, the bracket 10 comprises a generally T-shaped body, member having two metal, hooked clips 11 secured to its rear adjacent its top corners by means of rivets 12. The bracket also has a rubber pad 13 secured to its rear at its lower end. A knob 14 is fixed to a shaft 15 which passes through two clamp rings 16,17 and then through the body of the bracket, for its threaded end to receive a threaded insert 18 in the rear of the body. The two clamp rings are formed with cooperating grooves 19 to receive the stem 22 of the shade 20.
In use, the bracket is positioned with its clips 11 hooked over the top edge of the window of the car or other vehicle and with its rubber pad or foot 13 resting against the outer surface of the window. Then the window is raised to trap the clips 11 between the top edge of the window and the underside of the window frame at the top. The bracket, which has tolerance to fit glass or varying dimensions, is thus fixed in position. Next the stem 22 of the sun shade 20 is passed through the passage defined between the two clamp rings by their grooves 19, and the knob 14 is tightened to clamp the stem 22 between these rings and so mount the shade 20 securely in place. Variable height for the canopy 23 is achieved by lowering or rasing the stem 22 relative to the bracket 10. Further the bracket 10 can be adjusted to hold the stem 22 at variable angles. The stem 22 may also incorporate a pivot (not shown), so that the canopy 23 can be angled in any direction.
As shown in FIG. 4, if desired guy lines 24 may be attached to the outer corners of the sun shade and pegged into the ground, in order to restrain the shade in windy conditions.
It will be appreciated that the shade projects outwardly from the side of the vehicle and so shades the windows and surrounding area from the sun.